UK Power Networks

We have awarded funding to three UK Power Networks projects:

Optimise Prime

This project aims to understand and minimise the network impacts of electrifying commercial fleets and private hire vehicles, optimise the utilisation of existing network and charging infrastructure, and make the EV transition of commercial vehicles more seamless. The project will provide data to support a comprehensive understanding of the technical feasibility, customer response, network impact and cost effectiveness of smart technology to this sector and prove customer and network savings over traditional methods.

Active Response - Active Response to Distribution Network Constraints

This project builds on existing innovation to address network constraints to the uptake of low carbon technologies. It proposes to develop and demonstrate advanced automation and power electronic devices at low / high voltage levels, enabling increased network meshing where it is not currently possible. This will release network capacity quickly, at minimum cost and avoiding traditional reinforcement.

POWERFL-CB - Power-electronic Fault Limiting Circuit Breaker

This project will develop and test an 11kV Fault Limiting Circuit Breaker.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 11th Jan 2019
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This direction sets the conditions of funding for UKPN's Network Innovation Competition project, Optimise Prime.

  • Published: 29th Nov 2018
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
These are all the non-confidential documents submitted by UK Power Networks to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition for the project entitled Optimise Prime upon which our decision to award funding is based.

  • Published: 17th Jan 2018
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Network Innovation Competition - Project Direction for Active Response to Distribution Network Constraints

  • Published: 30th Nov 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
Non-confidential documents submitted by UK Power Networks to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition for Active Response project.

  • Published: 3rd Feb 2017
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This direction sets the conditions of funding for UK Power Networks Network Innovation Competition project – PowerFuL-CB.

  • Published: 30th Nov 2016
  • Reports and plans
  • 3 Associated documents
See the non-confidential documents submitted by UK Power Networks to the Electricity Network Innovation Competition (NIC) for the project entitled PowerFuL-CB on which our decision to award NIC funding is based.